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A New Way to Count African Forest Elephants: DNA From Dung

A New Way to Count African Forest Elephants: DNA From Dung

by Alice Laguardia and Gaspard Abitsi - The Revelator An important new survey — the first nationwide test of new technology — also reveals critical conservation priorities. In 2013 our colleagues Fiona Maisels and Samantha Strindberg, working with several other conservation partners, documented a devastating decline in forest elephants in Central Africa. Their work revealed that approximately 65% of all remaining African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) had perished between 2002 and 2013 — in large part to feed the burgeoning global trade in elephant ivory. Their work resulted in...

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Twenty Years Since a Massive Ivory Seizure, What Lessons Were Learned?

Twenty Years Since a Massive Ivory Seizure, What Lessons Were Learned?

By Julian Newman - Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) In late June 2002, the container ship MOL Independence docked at Singapore port after a voyage of almost a month from Durban in South Africa. On board was a consignment which had been on a far longer journey. Beginning in an industrial area on the outskirts of Lilongwe, the capital of land-locked Malawi in southern Africa, the container was taken by road to the port of Beira in neighbouring Mozambique and loaded onto a feeder vessel to Durban. According to the Bill of Lading, its contents were stone sculptures. Acting on a tip-off...

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The Journal of African Elephants was created by a group of concerned journalists, biologists and conservationists, who, after years of tracking and documenting the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephant populations, have recognised the urgent need for a dedicated English and French news and commentary space to enhance and increase global awareness of the plight of Africa’s savanna and forest elephants. Our Commentary service, in particular, are writers that focus on the need to provide awareness of Africa’s elephants and affected surrounding human communities from a distinctly African perspective that, for the most part, is lacking in the dominance of Western media.

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